Time for some trade talk heat.
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is ready to explore the trade market:
Source: Kaepernick's agents have requested permission from the team to seek a trade.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 25, 2016
The biggest roadblock is Kaepernick's contract and $11.9m base salary for 2016. The Rams, though, are in fine salary cap standing thanks in part to the release of DE Chris Long, MLB James Laurinaitis and TE Jared Cook. Of course, Rams GM Les Snead alluded to the long list of expiring Rams player contracts during his remarks today at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine and suggested that re-signing the members of the secondary, likely to mean CB Janoris Jenkins, CB Trumaine Johnson and FS Rodney McLeod would constitute "Priority A" for the immediate future.
And given the weight of Kaepernick's contract...
As multiple execs told me during the fall, Kap's contract (combined with his play) is not tradeable. Doubt anything has changed— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) February 25, 2016
...I'm not sure it's an obvious marriage.
Still, you have to wonder if it's not at least worth exploring with real interest on the part of the Rams.
Despite the comments this week from Snead as well as Fisher during his press conference, the Rams head into 2016 with the same trio at QB as they did in 2015. The only reason to expect different results is a miraculous blossoming from Nick Foles, Case Keenum or Sean Mannion.
That seems less likely than a return to form for Colin Kaepernick who at least for his part helped lead the 49ers to the NFC Championship three years in a row including a Super Bowl in one of those three years.
It may be combine week, but free agency (and the wheelings and dealings on the trade market therein) is still running on high in the background...